Great news! Francois Van Coke released a music video for his song “Mensdom”. The song is the first single of his upcoming solo album entitled “Hierdie is die Lewe” (which will be released in February 2017). According to Francois Van Coke: “‘Hierdie is die Lewe’ is about life, the good, the bad, love and hate, the past, the future and the present.”
This album is the natural progression from his successful and acclaimed self-titled debut album and can be viewed as a snapshot of where Francois is in his life right now. The sound is similar to the first album and Francois stays introspective.
Francois crafted the songs over time with his band, Die Gevaar. Hierdie is die Lewe was produced by Johnny de Ridder (Fokofpolisiekar guitarist) and Rudolph Willemse (Francois’ bassist) at Soft Light City in Bellville. The drums were recorded by Jürgen Von Mechmar at the Red Bull Studios in Cape Town.
“I’ve been listening to older pop tunes by Beach Boys and The Beatles and their influences can be heard on my album’s melodies and sound. There are still a few rock ‘n roll numbers and some ballads,” says Francois.
Three months is a long time to wait, so Francois released the first single and music video from the upcoming album, “Mensdom” (Mankind) a few days ago. Check out the music video below:
“We all have one thing in common – we live, even if everything else is different. This song is about life and living with victories as well as mistakes. It is a grungy blues sing-along song about being human.” Francois Van Coke. This video serves as both an appetizer for the new album and to introduce Francois’ band, Die Gevaar.
The members of Die Gevaar are Jedd Kossew (on guitar), Richard Onraet (on guitar), Rudolph Willemse (on bass & production), Walter Von Waltsleben (on drums) & Sheldon Yoko (on drums). In the “Mensdom” music video, Die Gevaar is wearing their custom Levi’s jackets. People can also buy Francois van Coke and Die Gevaar patches and get them sewn on their denim jackets at the Levi’s Tailor Shop inside Levi’s Retail stores in Sandton and at the V&A Waterfront.
The “Mensdom” single, plus another track from the album, “Klein Prys” (Small Price) is available on a 7” vinyl from Permanent Record . “’Klein Prys’ is my tribute to Fokofpolisiekar,” says Francois about this song’s inclusion on the 7″ vinyl. It will be on sale at shows and via the Permanent Record online store: http://bit.ly/2fxZXI5.
You can pre-order Hierdie is die Lewe on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/hierdieisdi
Catch Francois Van Coke Live in a town / city near you in December. You won’t be disappointed:
- 2 December – Malkop Rock Festival, Lambert’s Bay
- 3 December – Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town
- 4 – 6 December – Die Boer, Durbanville
- 7 December – JBay Rage, Jolly Dolphin, Jeffrey’s Bay
- 10 December – Tussen Die Sterre, Liqui-Fruit Amphitheatre, Paarl
- 21 December – Café Roux, Noordhoek, Cape Town
- 23 December – I Love Yzer, Yzerfontein
- 28 December – Flamingos, Langebaan
- 29 December – Venue: Bush Lapa, Herolds Bay
- 31 December – Jolly Dolphin, Jeffrey’s Bay
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